January 31, 2001


UCSD Cardiovascular Center will present Richard and Rita Atkinson with the “Heart of San Diego Award” at its annual celebration on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the U.S. Grant beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The award is designed to honor individuals who represent the heart of San Diego by serving the community-at-large. “The Atkinsons have exemplified what it means to be the heart of America’s Finest City,” said Anthony DeMaria, M.D., co-director of the UCSD Cardiovascular Center and chief on the UCSD School of Medicine Division of Cardiology. “They have shown generosity and compassion throughout the greater San Diego community in immeasurable ways.”

Currently University of California President, Richard Atkinson served as UCSD Chancellor from 1980 to 1995.

This award, introduced last year and given to Rebecca and John Moores, will be presented on an annual basis to a San Diego community member at the UCSD Cardiovascular Center’s formal gala. The purpose of the UCSD Cardiovascular Center is to combine the expertise of faculty leaders in basic, clinical and cardiosurgical investigation. The Center is co-directed by Dr. DeMaria, Stuart Jamieson, M.B., Kirk R. Knowlton, M.D. and Kenneth Chien, M.D., Ph.D. Together, the physicians develop new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for heart disease, especially focusing on new methods for the early recognition and treatment of heart failure, which is the final result of almost all forms of heart disease.

For more information and tickets, call Steve Blair at 619/543-3499.

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Media Contact: Kate Smith
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